Kendall’s Regina Crane is planning to finally build her dream home following the $1 million race win of her three-year-old filly Foxplay at The Championships at Royal Randwick on April 8.
For years she lived in a shed on her farm but the prize money accrued from Foxplay win in the $1,114,000 Queen Of The Turf Stakes over 1600m has ignited the dream.
She may be only one in a syndicate of 10 women to share in the spoils but the filly, dubbed around her stable as “Mini Winx”, is taking a similar path in races won by Winx which shared the day with Foxplay in making it 17 wins in succession.
So far in 13 starts, Foxplay has won five and been runner-up twice for prizemoney and bonuses of $1,240,810.
Is it any wonder that Regina was screaming with joy as she was part of the group bringing the filly back to the winner’s stall.
“We didn’t expect her to win but she proved herself capable by doing it the hard way.
“Jockey Kerrin McEvoy said he would ride her wide out on the track as it was the best of the heavy-rated surface.
“But nothing seems to worry her … she gets bumps and is forced into scrimmages and she comes out of it with glory.
“She is going for a spell now and trainer Chris Waller is aiming her for the rich Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Randwick in October and for the rich Spring races around Caulfield and Melbourne Cup time, such as the Myer Classic.”
Foxplay this campaign also won the Phar Lap Group 2 race worth $202,000 over 1500m at Rosehill on March 11.
Regina said Foxplay was small compared to other gallopers and Waller didn’t want to over tax her, a feature of Winx’s program.
“She just wants to win … it is a dream ride.”
Her interest in gallopers started about 20 years ago with her partner’s galloper won eight races in 25 starts, one of the wins being in a Group race.
Fifteen years ago she started to race gallopers in syndicates headed by Denise Martin’s Star Thoroughbreds and has had success with Queenstown and Aurora Glow, among others, with trainers Gai Waterhouse and Waller.
“It is nice to get the winning cheques but this doesn’t happen all the time.”
Her 10 percent share in Foxplay (by Foxwedge from Butters, USA) cost $20,000 and that investment is certainly the icing on the cake with promise of further wins.
No matter what happens race wise, the filly as a broodmare is said to be worth at least $2m and with most of the owners not wanting to breed on, Foxplay would be sold and the proceeds divided – a nice chunk of cash to be added towards that new home!